Thursday, January 31, 2013

sweet is the simple life


I think about leaving my blog behind, moving on to a slower, simpler life where I'm not rushing through books or chastising myself for not leaving enough comments...

and then I receive, on my very birthday itself, a sweet package (pictured above) from my oldest blogging friend Lesley. She loves books, and bicycles, and apparently blogging with me...

and I receive a comment from Parrish, always faithful in leaving me thoughtful, meaningful words often in the form of poetry...

and I receive well wishes from friends around the world that I've made through this, my little book blog.

Combined with the literature that I'm exposed to from reading your posts, from the challenges that you host, and the events you participate in which I have tossed out there, my simple life is enriched. It would be far emptier without your visits, your thoughts, your ideas, your blogs.

So, thank you for making my birthday special. Thank you for blogging with me, some of you since 2006. Thank you for being my friends.

16 comments:

  1. Happy birthday and happy blogging!

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  2. Happy Birthday, my friend!!

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  3. Happy birthday, Bellezza! I hope the year ahead is your best ever. :)

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  4. I wish you > slow and simple and < rushing and chastising for the next year. You're worth waiting for!!

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  5. Happy Birthday to you, Bellezza, my friend! Just want to let you know, again, how much I've enjoyed reading your posts, and having you read with me and exchange thoughts. March to your own drummer, I'll say. Don't feel obligated to do anything... read, write, post, visit, or comment. Your blog is your own, you can do whatever and whenever. I wish you all the best for a rewarding and joyful year!

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  6. Happy birthday! I often feel the same way and think about stopping my blog, but I can't do it for long - I miss it too much. I've stopped reading to deadlines and just read whatever I feel like. I try not to worry if I haven't posted for a few days and it does make it more fun. I hope you can find a balance and keep it up - I love your blog. :-)

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  7. Happy Birthday, my friend!

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  8. Happy Belated Wishes; what a pretty dish:)

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  9. Awww Happy Birthday! I get your posts via Email, so don't forget those of us who don't come all the way over here to your blog to comment (cuz it's so hard, ya know, lol)... but I still feel like I know a bit of you, even though you have no idea who I am.. Ok I'll stop sounding stalkerish now.

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  10. Bellezza - How lucky are you? it's such a beautiful little dish! Happy belated birthday to you. As you know, I love the community life around blogging, and as many of your friends have said, blog as and when you like, on what ever you like. Most of you non booky posts are wonderful expressions of yourself, and thats why i like coming to visit. And while Im here, I wanted to say a very special thanks for hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge again - for me this year, it really was a challenge, but I did get some done and I loved what i read in other peoples blogs too. So 'here's to February, new challenges and new ways'.

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  11. belated Happy Birthday.
    I'm glad you decided to continue to write your blog.
    You created a trail that others follow happily and silently.

    a sunset we remember, a book we read, a thought passed on. tidbits of things our mind carry that make the travel light.

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  12. Happy Birthday, Bellezza! I wish you a year filled with confidence and joy, happy children, a safe and secure son and wonderful shades of lipstick! Your blog always is a delight, even though I generally forego commenting on reviews of books I haven't read.

    My advice for the coming year? Avoid like the plague all those who offer up Necessary Guidelines for Successful Blogging. You don't need their advice.

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  13. What a beautiful gift. I hope you had a lovely birthday. There will be times when you don't feel like blogging and that's fine, but I'm sure your passion for it will always come back eventually. I'm glad you decided to continue!

    Marie
    http://www.girlvsbookshelf.blogspot.com

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  14. hope you had a great birthday and just echo what others had said about loving your blog but agree slowing done is a good thing as well ,all the best stu

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  15. Awww. I'm so glad you like your little gift. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to buy two. One for you and one for me. :)

    I know how you feel about blogging and I can say that my new attitude is working just fine for me. I used to try to visit all my favorite blogs, leaving comments on a weekly basis. Now, I spend a little bit of time with one blogger, catching up on posts, commenting when inspired, and not fretting if I don't get to more than one visit a day. In some ways, it's nicer to spend time reading 4-5 posts from a single blogger than frantically trying to stop by a dozen blogs. As far as posting, I'm only doing so when I'm inspired. No more internal pressure to post Mailbox Monday or Wordless Wednesday or Sunday Salon. Reviews when I feel like it and miscellaneous posts when I think of them. Not big changes, but enough to make me feel less stressed, which allows me more time for things I enjoy. Like reading books! :) And, hopefully pretty soon, riding bikes.

    Here's to many, many more years of friendship. Whether with our blogs or not!

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